Ouko queries Sh1.3bn telcos poll pay - 4 months ago, 11 Oct 05:47

Edwin Mutai

The Auditor-General has questioned the Sh1.3 billion paid to Airtel, Telkom Kenya and Safaricom #ticker:SCOM for transmitting election results during last year’s poll, saying taxpayers did not get value for money.

Mr Ouko said late delivery, and in some instances non-provision of services as well as purchases of excess goods, led to losses exceeding half-a billion shillings.

The audit reveals the three firms were paid Sh1.04 billion for the August 8 General Election and Sh297.6 billion during the repeat presidential poll on October 26.

“However, audit has revealed that out of the total Sh1, 345,515,190 for purchase of goods and services relating to results transmission, an amount of Sh555,424,638 was not effectively utilised,” Mr Ouko said in an audit report of the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission for the year to June 2018.

The report, tabled in Parliament by Leader of Majority Aden Duale shows that the commission purchased excess data bundles, mismanaged Thuraya ...
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